Is TLP emerging as a challenger to MQM, PPP and MMA?

In Agra Taj Colony of Karachi’s Lyari Town, Muhammad Shafiq, a member of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), an electoral front of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY), a Barelvi group with extreme views, has been installing electoral banners for the outfit on electricity poles in his neighbourhood.Shafiq had been affiliated with the Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan (JUP), a major Barelvi party headed by the late Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani, for the past three decades.But after the emergence of the TLY, which was formed to run a campaign for the release of Mumtaz Qadri, who was convicted and executed for the murder of the then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, Shafiq ended his long affiliation with the JUP and joined the Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi-led TLP.The TLP and its aggressive stance on blasphemy issues have attracted a significant number of like-minded people, such as Shafiq, to the group. After succeeding in finding popularity among Barelvis, the group is now focusing…

Original published: 2018-06-23 05:00:00 Read the full Karachi News here

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